Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Must-See TV

There’ll be a rebroadcast of Understanding Conditioning, my landmark video on exercise and conditioning -- on Thursday, October 12, on Channel 52 (Oahu), from 3:30 pm for the hour video. However, if one misses any part of it, they can tune in at any time -- and it still makes sense because it is not in the format of 20th century and older sequential information processing and accessibility presentation, but is characteristic of the newer mode of randomly-accessed information -- on demand, and as needed, in the holographic model.

That is, one doesn’t have to learn the 99% of the irrelevant -- and not miss any of it, to learn and benefit from the 1% they really want and need. That is also how the academic tradition differs from the state-of-the-art model of being informed only with what is required in the present task -- because all the rest doesn’t matter and is a distraction, a diffusion of focus.

The essential lesson in Understanding Conditioning, is that if one devotes all one’s resources and focus to a single, clearly understood task -- it is always very easy, and achievable. But when that objective and purpose is not clear, one is not even sure what results one is getting -- much less being able to measure them.

That is also the great problem of education -- in which the objective seems to be about ensuring job security for teachers and especially education professionals and administrators -- instead of the much simpler learning to do what needs to be done. Much of “education” is actually disconnected from any doing -- and becomes learning for learning’s sake, creating the artificial need for infinitely more learning (education).

But the human being does not have infinite resources to do so -- to learn what is simply impressive to exhibit some day (one hopes). Meanwhile in all the practical tasks and activities of one’s life, there is no manner of applying any of that “knowledge” to the present situation, and so there is no advantage to being “smart” in that way. The academicians and educators will even deride that kind of practicality and common sense as something quite beneath their noble exercises -- which have value because they are “useless“ and “theoretical” -- and is therefore, academic.

That is the compartmentalization and fragmentation of the world of thought from the world of action -- which creates further fragmentation, division and conflicts we see expressed as partisanship -- which means as it sounds, a partial view of the process rather than the totality and comprehension of it. Once one begins with this fractured view, it’s not possible to put this reality together again.

So one must begin wholly, simply, with the one clear objective and purpose. In exercise and effort, that would be understanding and achieving the flow of that activity -- which every great practitioner and performer recognizes is the perfection of what they do. At that moment, there is total integration -- of mind and body, doing and understanding -- and not every part competing against every other part, creating more work, jobs, expertise and confusion.

6 Comments:

At October 10, 2006 9:24 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

I was also down at Olelo yesterday, taping my “new and improved” Candidates in Focus five-minutes of fame, and on the basis of my previous one for the Primary airings being a ground-rule double, this one was an inside-the-park grandslam.

I went in with expectations of doing it on the first-take -- even with no idea of what I was going to say. And so on the first take, my mind went absolutely blank.- -- and absolutely could not think of a thing to say -- before I realized after a few seconds of utter silence that all one could say was , “Cut! Cut!” So any claim that this presentation was scripted or premeditated in any way, can be completely dismissed.

The next take was the one I had hoped to do on the first try. Subsequent takes were entirely different -- and the fourth and final merited some consideration as a future development. I think what makes the Understanding Conditioning video as well as this five minute candidate shoot, is that it is entirely extemporaneous and improvisational -- and so the audience feels that they are thinking along with the presenter -- and they are both arriving at the logical conclusions together.

It is not the usual mass media method of one person telling the other what to think. That is the evolution of new media -- and how it is more than just the old media done better; it allows whole different ways of doing and thinking -- never witnessed before. That seeing changes and transforms the world -- rather than merely confirming and reinforcing what one already believes.

And because of this manner of old mass media, the only way they could achieve a change of mind, was to manipulate, misrepresent or distort the facts -- rather than expand the perspective. That is how one obtains greater insight -- as opposed to the old ways of increasing specialization, compartmentalization, fragmentation, division, conflict and partisanship -- which produces a small and narrow mind, though many call themselves “liberals,” and think they are the ultimate in understanding.

That was still the premises of the 20th century culture -- hierarchy and status -- retained permanently by the self-interest groups, which is “oligarchy” calling itself “democracy.”

 
At October 10, 2006 11:08 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

Today's underground media sensation:

[VIDEO LINK]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h3GPc_yMCE

 
At October 10, 2006 3:35 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

What it was about.

http://newsbusters.org/blog/4

YouTube Censors Anti-Dem 'Scary Movie' Commercial
Posted by Matthew Sheffield on October 10, 2006 - 19:06.

The video sharing site YouTube, just recently purchased by Google, has once again allowed a band of determined users to censor something they don't like.

The latest casualty is a a controversial spoof political ad by a Republican filmmaker David Zucker (producer of such films as "Scary Movie 4," "Airplane," among others) which depicts former secretary of state Madeline Albright, a Democrat who served in the Clinton administration, acting as a maid, servant and cheerleader for Islamic terrorists and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. After the Republican party declined to run with it, the ad was sent to Matt Drudge who splashed it worldwide by embedding it in a page on his site.

The story doesn't end there, though. After Drudge picked it up, Democratic YouTube viewers used the site's software to "flag" the video as "inappropriate," a designation usually reserved for extremely violent or sexually explicit video clips. There is nothing even remotely sexual or violent in the clip. The closest thing to an explicit image in the ad is a scene in which "Albright" bends over and her skirt tears a bit in the seat, hardly the stuff that sets FCC commissioners' hearts aflutter.

While you can still view the video if you watch it embedded on another web site, if you try to watch it on YouTube, you'll be greeted with the message: "This video may contain content that is inappropriate for some users, as flagged by YouTube's user community. To view this video, please verify you are 18 or older by logging in or signing up."

This isn't the first time YouTube's editorial buzzsaw has dismembered conservative and politically incorrect speech. The site has repeatedly pulled videos critical of Islam, and even gone so far as banning popular conservative blogger Michelle Malkin from posting videos. No similarly high-profile liberal or anti-Christian censorship has been reported.

Questions also remain about YouTube's editorial process. It appears that the site allows anything (including sexually suggestive content and entire episodes of television shows) to be posted initially but if too many complaints about a particular clip come in, the software will automatically censor it. Almost certainly what happened with the Zucker ad is that liberal users complained it was "offensive" and managed to get the clip censored automatically.

I'm certain that the site allows administrators to override user votes for and against video clips. Will they do so in a patently obvious case of "flag spam" or will YouTube once again allow angry activists to censor speech they dislike? YouTube put controls on disingenuous users who aren't looking out for objectionable content but instead trying to stifle those with whom they disagree?

Here's a link to Hot Air's embedded version of the ad. Decide for yourself whether the ad is "inappropriate."

This happens all the time with liberal media; they call it "political correctness" -- as long as they are the ones exclusively doing the censoring and suprression.

That's why they're losing the best of the readers -- and writers.

Try this link for the video before it disappears. This is one of the great issues of these times one won't read about or hear mentioned in the old media


http://drudgereport.com/flashma.htm

 
At October 10, 2006 3:39 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

All the critical and significant issues of these times are not discussed -- because they're running so much crap that they don't have any room for anything worthwhile.

So they've become irrelevant.

 
At October 10, 2006 3:42 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

That's why the blogs and public access are the hope for the future -- and non-"liberal" forums.

That's the new self-righteousness in America -- and not the religious right.

 
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